Leonard George Lyne

Date of birth: 1884
Place of birth: South Stoneham, Southampton
Service No.: 23372
Rank: Private
Regiment: Somerset Light Infantry
Battalion: 1st
Died: 10th April 1917
Death location: France


Life before the War
Leonard George Lyne was born in South Stoneham.  His parents were William, a Gardener/Domestic born in Ibsley, Ringwood in 1855 and Elizabeth, née Jones, born in Poulner, Ringwood in 1855.  His parents married in Ringwood in 1879, but by the 1881 census they were living at 33 Portswood Road, Southampton.

Leonard is shown living with his parents in Old Portswood in 1891.  He was born in 1884, his sister Elizabeth was two years older and brothers William, two years younger, and Leslie just one year old.

By the 1901 census the family was living at Brookfield House, 157 Portswood Road, Portswood, and another brother, Christopher, had been born in 1893.  Leonard is shown as a Gardener-Domestic, as was his father.

In 1904 Leonard married Olive Annie Oliver; Olive was born in 1883 in South Stoneham.  Her parents were William, born in 1850 in Braintree, Essex – a Carter on a Farm  –  and Frances, born in 1849 in Southampton.  Olive is a ‘Laundress’ on the 1901 census.

The new family were living at 33 South Road, St Denys in 1911.  Leonard is shown as ‘Builder-Labourer’.  He and Olive now had three children:

William Leonard   born 1906

Florence Olive   born 1908

Gladys born 1910


Military History

Regiment Insignia

Regiment Insignia

Browns Copse Cemetery

Browns Copse Cemetery

Leonard enlisted in Winchester.  He served as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry.  The 1st Battalion served on the Western Front for the duration of the conflict.  In 1917 the Battalion saw action in the First Battle of the Scarpe, the Third Battle of the Scarpe, the Battle of Polygon Wood, the Battle of Broodseinde, the Battle of Poelcapelle, and the First Battle of Passchendaele.

Leonard died in action on 10th April 1917 and is buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Brown’s Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Pas de Calais, Fance. His headstone reads ‘Known Unto God’.


Leonard George Lyne is also memorialised on the Southampton Cenotaph and the World War One tablet inside St Mary’s Church, South Stoneham, Southampton.

He was entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

NB on some records his Regimental number is listed as 32372 and on other records as 23372.


Researcher: Bridgett Vane
Published: 2nd July 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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